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Please explain this quote from Frankenstein: Death is not the greatest loss in life....

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fjackson | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 30, 2007 at 8:08 AM via web

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Please explain this quote from Frankenstein: Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

I do not understand how to apply this quote with reference to Frankenstein

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 30, 2007 at 9:52 AM (Answer #1)

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First, are you sure that this quotation comes from Frankenstein?

I ask because a number of references attribute it to Norman Cousins, a writer and peace activist who battled serious illness for some time. In the context of Cousins' life, it referred to the need to keep the human spirit alive in the face of pain and fear--staying spiritually alive in the face of death.

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